Quitman Crime Followup

At first, family members weren't certain if he would even live, but Robert Donald is now back home, recovering from a brutal attack Saturday night at his camphouse just outside Quitman.

Donald received 100 stitches to the head after being brutally beaten with a rifle and bat.

As investigators continue to look for the suspects in this case, they are also looking into about a dozen other robberies and three burglaries. The incidents happened within the last month in Clarke County. Law enforcement officials from the city of Quitman and the county have increased patrols.

The owner of one business in downtown Quitman told us police waited outside for him to leave in his truck after he closed for the night. The gun salesman in town says, since the robberies started, at least one
person approached him looking to buy a gun for protection.

Although they didn't want to appear on camera, NewsCenter 11 even met a couple leaving the store who told us they were there looking to do the same.

"In this instance we are just scared and we're afraid something could happen that would devastate us again," says Quitman Mayor Tommy Blackburn.

With many residents vowing to protect themselves from burglars,
Blackburn is urging residents to be extra careful.

"We want people to be cautious about who they answer the door for and also who they have a gun ready for," the mayor said.

Although the description of the suspects in the city cases remains somewhat sketchy, the suspects in Saturday's assault are described as four black males. Investigators say three of the men are described as being almost six feet tall. They also say the four were in an older model white Cadillac.

A $2,500 reward is being offered for anyone with information on the cases. The number to call is (601) 934-7600.

"Somebody out there knows something and we want their information," says Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp.


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